Peacebuilding and Human Rights in Iraq
This page provides links to selected organizations and services involved in peacebuilding or human rights in Iraq. There is also information about research resources including news sources, resource websites and online bibliographies on Iraq. In keeping with a broad definition of "peacebuilding," this set of links includes both government and civil society organizations, agencies and individuals working in areas of conflict resolution, violence prevention, human rights, legal development and governance. Readers are invited to contribute information that will enhance the purposes and completeness of these links on Peacebuilding and Human Rights in Iraq. Peacemakers Trust has created these links f or research purposes only, and cannot take any responsibility for the content of any third party web sites. The inclusion of a link to a site does not imply endorsement of the site contents, nor does it imply any association with the site by Peacemakers Trust.
News and Information Sources
Bibliographies on Iraq
Conflict Resolution, Peacemaking, Nonviolence and reconciliation
International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
International Organizations, INGOs and Foreign NGOs
Laws including International Treaties
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INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict and ethnicity in Iraq.
International Crisis Group. ICG's reports on Iraq.
Mennonite Central Committee, has been working in Iraq on educational, development assistance and relief.
Peacemakers Trust occasional speakers on Iraq.
United States Institute for Peace (USIP), USIP has been working with Iraqis since early 2004 to reduce interethnic and interreligious violence, speed up stabilization and democratization, and reduce the need for a U.S. presence in Iraq. The Institute's Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate, but the USIP states it is an "independent, nonpartisan federal institution." See the page on the work of the USIP's Iraq Study Group.
Christian Peacemaker Teams. CPT in Iraq.
Cost of War. This webpage provides a running total of the amount of money spent by the US Government to finance the war in Iraq based on estimates from Congressional appropriations. The site includes alternate ways the US could have chosen to use the money.
International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL): Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. Use search engine to find material on Iraq.
Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. Annual publication of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Search for Iraq.
Voices in the Wilderness. Iraq
PeaceWomen: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. See this organization's page of resources on a Women, Peace and Security Initiatives: Iraq.
Humanitarian Action for Children and Families in Iraq. Please see Peacemakers Trust's page on humanitarian action in Iraq.
Amnesty International. This page contains Amnesty International's reports about Iraq.
Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) in New York has reports on Iraq.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports about Iraq.
International Bar Association Institute for Human Rights reports on Iraq.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in Iraq since 1980. ICRC promotes respect for international humanitarian law by parties to conflict. Look for the ICRC's page on International humanitarian law and terrorism: questions and answers Geneva: ICRC, 2001, which can be downloaded for distribution. See also Even War Has Limits by the Canadian Red Cross.
International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative; search for pages on Monitoring IHL in Iraq.
International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law. See their projects on Iraq.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) portal on Iraq with ratifications, reports and other information.
UN Human Rights Reports from the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) portal on Iraq.
Bayefsky.com valuable pages on Iraq's treaty signatures, ratifications, reservations, reports and other documents.s
International Constitutional Law Project: Iraq Index, by Axel Tschentscher, Institut für öffentliches Recht, Bern.
International Labour Organization (ILO). This page lists the ILO conventions ratified by Iraq, with links through to the text of the relevant conventions. See also the ILO page with links to information about some laws in Iraq.
Iraqi Bar Association. Almansour, Baghdad, Telephone: (964)1-888-34-77, Facsimile: (964) 1-884-00-41. (Source webpage last updated 2005.)
Jurist Legal Intelligence: Iraq, has basic information about Iraq's constitution, government & legislation, and legal system.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Iraq human rights treaty ratifications and reports.
Coalition Provisional Authority. The website of the US-led coalition (listed for historical purposes; no longer updated).
Iraq Governing Council, including information about members of the Governing Council and their powers and responsibilities. They were all appointed by the US "Coalition Provisional Authority" on July 13, 2003 (listed for historical purposes).
Kurdistan Regional Government homepage with information about the KRG including news bulletins.
UNDP Programme in Iraq, summarizes the UNDP's efforts in areas of democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, gender equality, women's empowerment, environment and sustainable development.
Humanitarian Relief for Children and Families in Iraq. See the separate page of information on this topic.
NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq (NCCI). The NCCI is an independent initiative launched by a group of NGOs present in Baghdad in April 2003. NCCI has developed into a wider forum where NGOs can exchange information regarding humanitarian activities and policy decisions in Iraq.
International Organizations, International NGOs, and foreign humanitarian and development NGOs working in Iraq
See the separate page on humanitarian organizations working in or for people of Iraq.
It is recommended that readers check a variety of news sources from different parts of the world and with differing perspectives. See some of the following:
Thompson Reuters Foundation: Iraq in Turmoil crisis briefings on Iraq.
Relief Web postings on Iraq.
Al-Jazeera. Middle East Section.
C-SpanResources on "rebuilding Iraq" and "Iraq war resources," including links to UN resolutions, government statements, human rights reports and military reports.
Daily Star. English language newspaper published in Beirut, Lebanon.
EIN News: Iraq. Iraq newsfeeds (subscription required).
ElectronicIraq. An electronic news portal on Iraq with anti-war stance.
Google news: Iraq. Google search of news about Iraq.
ICRC in Iraq. Reports from the International Commmittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff.
IRINnews.org. Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) is part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). IRIN reporting focuses on increasing access to non-partisan information so as to enhance the capacity of the humanitarian community to understand, respond to and avert emergencies. IRIN supports efforts at conflict resolution and reconciliation by countering misinformation and propaganda. See also OCHA's Relief Web Documents on Iraq. ReliefWeb is an electronic clearinghouse for information on humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters designed specifically to help the humanitarian community improve its response to emergencies. Check daily for updates.
Iraq Analysis Group was set up in 2004 by a group of UK volunteers to make it easier to find information about Iraq, and in light of UK invasion of Iraq, to advocate policies that recognise UK government responsibility or wellbeing of Iraqis.
Iraq Daily, published by the World News Network.
IPS News: Iraq. Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS) provides information on global issues around the world. Backed by journalists in more than a hundred countries, its clients include more than 3,000 media organizations and tens of thousands of civil society groups, academics, and other users.
McLatchy News, a US news service with a section devoted to Iraq news. See Inside Iraq, a blog updated by Iraqi journalists based in Baghdad and outlying provinces who work for McClatchy Newspapers (names of journalists withheld for security reasons). Also see Baghdad Observer from the Baghdad bureau.
Relief Web, daily updates on Iraq
Reporters Without Borders reports and news on Iraq
UNWire. The UN Foundation's Independent News Briefing About the UN contains stories throughoug the world. Scroll down to the sample page for the up to date news page.
Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadian government webpage on Iraq with various links.
Humanitarian Agenda 2015, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, USA. An "evidence-based research project that identifies the key issues that are likely to impact on humanitarian action in the coming decade, along with the practical implications of these issues for agency programming." Scroll down for reports on Iraq.
International Crisis Group: Iraq. ICG is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation doing field-based analysis and advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Iraq Body Count Database, which records civilian casualty figures using a comprehensive survey of online media reports. See the site for data sources and research methodology.
Lawyers Against the War. This Canadian site has links to articles on international law issues.
Middle East Report, Quarterly Journal, published by MERIP, Washington, DC.
The War on Terrorism Resource Guides, with links to key reports, documents on the conflict regarding Iraq.
World Health Organization. Iraq health information. See report on Depleted uranium Sources, Exposure and Health Effects.
Peacebuilding in Iraq: A Bibliography, a selected bibliography being prepared by Peacemakers Trust.
American University Presses Association, Books for Understanding: Iraq, n.d., approximately 2002.